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ABA in the Classroom: What's New?

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is widely recognized as one of the most effective means of reducing developmental delays and problems associated with autism or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). But, years of pushing toward inclusion and more cohesive education has created problems in educating children with ASDs. Furthermore, the rights of children with ASDs to an equal, helpful education are...

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Educating People with Autism About Sexual Health

Recently, the topic of sexual orientation was discussed in detail in the post, "The Battle of Sexuality: Helping Those With Disabilities Understand Their Sexuality.” However, overall sexual health involves much more than simply understanding how sexuality impacts those with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDDs). Rather than focusing solely on sexuality, true sexual health must...

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Autism, Anxiety and Depression: What You Need to Know About Comorbidity

The conversation on successfully managing the symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) often results in forgetting about the possibility of other mental health conditions. In fact, many people with an ASD suffer from a co-occurring mental health disorder. In a recent study by Spectrum News, researchers found up to 86 percent of adult men with autism have at least one other co-occurring...

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Analyzing the Link Between Autism and Genetics

Researchers have sought to determine an exact cause of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) for decades, and while the internet is littered with reports of chemical-caused autism, these claims have been often left unfounded. However, researchers are starting to uncover how genetics relate to ASDs, and in some cases, this information can hold the key to unlocking better treatment methods in the...

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Increasing Mobile Training Improves Outcomes

Most Americans have a smartphone, and smartphones and their apps are quickly replacing computers, especially among millennials. For Registered Behavioral Technicians (RBTs) and Board-Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), mobile learning technologies could dramatically change outcomes for those with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), and you need to understand why.

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The Role of Exercise in Helping Children With Autism

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is often primary focus of caring for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). However, researchers are starting to understand the crucial role of other activities, including exercise, in ensuring the overall health of these children. Yet, the challenges faced by children with ASDs increases with the presence of sedentary behaviors, and as a therapist or...

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How Can Animals Help Those With Autism Transition to Adults?

Animals have been part of human civilization for generations, but the role of animals in service of those with disabilities is often forgotten. More importantly, the role of animals in helping those with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) learn the skills necessary for adulthood has not been extensively studied. More than 50,000 adolescents with ASDs reach age 18 annually, but a new study,...

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Supporting the Trend of Adults with Autism Joining the Workforce

A part of the conversation about helping those with autism often gets overlooked. What happens to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) when they grow up? Do they find good-paying jobs, or do they rely solely on government programs for living expenses? These questions pull at the heartstrings of society, and you need to understand a few things about those with autism and their ability...

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Resiliency, Autism, and Applied Behavior Analysis in Children and Teens

Resiliency is one of the buzzwords in effective treatment and early intervention of autism among children and teens. Although children have a certain degree of inherent resiliency, it must be carefully nurtured and protected. But, resiliency is not invulnerable.

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How to Reduce the Need for Antipsychotics Among People with Autism

Media coverage often touches on the importance of not over prescribing medications, but few outlets focus on similar trends in antipsychotic use. In fact, 10 percent of youths with intellectual disabilities take antipsychotics to control temperament, explains Michelle Diament of Disability Scoop. This may indicate the need for better training and care management for those with disabilities,...

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